The last couple of days I’ve had the privilege of wandering several beautiful gardens in the district, taking some photos on behalf of Gardivalia, (website, Facebook). The weather was near perfect and the gardens equally so. The dedication, (and no doubt the perspiration), of these people is admirable. You can see some of their results here.
I wasn’t the only one enjoying these beautiful gardens. It was nice to see gardeners appreciating and encouraging birds to visit by providing suitable vegetation for small birds to conceal themselves, native flowering plants for the insects and honeyeaters, well located water baths, etc.
Some images that come to mind …
Corellas nesting in the hollow of a large Mountain Grey Gum in the bottom paddock.
White-browed Scrubwren popping up onto some machinery I was photographing.
Pied Currawongs feeding nestlings in the canopy of a large gum overhanging a busy driveway.
Superb Fairy-wrens nesting in a prostrate banksia less than 5 metres from the back verandah.
Eastern Rosellas, Crimson Rosellas, King Parrots and Galahs feeding from well positioned seed trays quite unperturbed by nearby people.
New Holland Honeyeaters on their way to the next dose of nectar dashing between garden spectators.
Yellow-faced Honeyeater calling loudly from a dense shrub while two elderly ladies tried valiantly to spot it.
Little Wattlebirds in good numbers in several gardens.
Well done you clever garden people!